LGD 056: Pray For Each Other

B&W-Man Praying Over Another Man

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In this extended season of the health pandemic, we have witnessed people coming to know Jesus in new ways. We hear the stories from missionaries as the doors have been flung open, and the Gospel is going forth.

B&W-Man Praying Over Another Man
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Czech Republic

We read that when God’s people humble themselves and pray, He will hear their prayers and forgive their sins, and heal their land.

The Church is the hope of the world. Our world appears to be crumbling before our eyes, but our anchor is not in the government or man. It is in Jesus Christ.

Today, James calls believers to care for each other. To pray for people, to encourage each other, to sing songs of praise, and pray for healing for the sick.

He says,

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

James 5:16

In the gospels, we saw the Pharisees pray before men so people who could hear how “righteous” and “good” they were. The power of prayer is that it can happen anywhere and at anytime.

If you have seen any of the Sherwood Pictures films (Facing the Giants, War Room, Fireproof) you may know that they bathe their productions in prayer. They don’t just pray at the beginning of the day, they pray continuously.

They lay hands on the directors, the cameramen, the actors, and the pray over the set. It is an incredible scene to see. Imagine if we prayed over our workplaces, our children, and our marriages like this film crew prays over their movies.

Andy Stanley shares publicly about his “prayer closet.” His closet is the place where he spends time with God every day. He writes his prayers and posts them on the walls. This is where he prepares for battle.

Prayer is our weapon against the devil. When we lift each other up, God moves in powerful ways.

During this health crisis, I read that Samaritan’s Purse set up a field hospital in Central Park. They served everyone who was facing COVID at this hospital, regardless of your lifestyle or choices.

As New York saw thousands die daily, Franklin Graham said if you are in our field hospital and the end should come, you would not die alone. We saw countless images of families looking in hospital rooms as their loved one passed away alone.

We were not meant to live life in isolation. We are made strong when we live and worship and pray with each other

You might need healing today. Your family may be in crisis. Today, you can call on the name of Jesus and ask for forgiveness of your sins, and invite him into your heart today so you can have life eternal.

Life is precious, and when His people pray, He hears and moves.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for hearing our prayers, and healing our land. Thank you for the first responders who live their life on the front lines – protect them. I ask that you would remove this virus from our land, and heal the sick. We ask this in the name of your son Jesus. Thank you for your love and care. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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